Consists of 70 handwritten letters from Blake to his parents and sister, a notebook listing mining supplies, and miscellaneous
notes and drafts of monetary transactions. The letters describe Blake's 1849 voyage from New York to California via Nicaragua
on the ships
Laura Ann; his gold mining activities in Kelsey, Sarahsville, Georgetown, and particularly Michigan City, with details on mining claims
and mining techniques; incidents concerning law and order; and descriptions of gold assaying for Wells, Fargo & Co. Includes
hand-drawn maps of Michigan City claims, as well as two letters from Blake's father to his son, George, concerning Blake's
voyage and including a handwritten copy of a letter from travel and mining companion Roger Baldwin to his sister. Also includes
one letter from Sherman Day to Jesse D. Carr, discussing political and day-to-day conflicts pertaining to Day's work as an
Like thousands of others responding to the discovery of gold in the year 1849, Charles Thompson Blake boarded a ship at New
York City bound for Nicaragua and the gold fields of California. Born the eldest son of Eli W. Blake of New Haven, Connecticut
on Oct. 21, 1826, Thompson graduated from Yale University in 1847. Two years later he embarked on his journey to California
with his friend Roger Baldwin. Their friends Edwin Tyler and Charles T.H. Palmer had preceeded them to California.
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